Definition of translation
1 : an act, process, or instance of translating: such asa : a rendering from one language into another; also : the product of such a renderingb : a change to a different substance, form, or appearance : conversionc (1) : a transformation of coordinates in which the new axes are parallel to the old ones (2) : uniform motion of a body in a straight line
2 : the process of forming a protein molecule at a ribosomal site of protein synthesis from information contained in messenger RNA — compare transcription 3
translationalplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of translation in a Sentence
She is working on a translation of the novel.
a new translation of the Iliad
There were English translations on the menu.
the translation of economic power into political strength
Recent Examples of translation from the Web
One of the items that will be on display is a copy of Martin Luther’s German translation of the New Testament, which made the Bible accessible to ordinary lay people for the first time.
With people from 28 countries present at Saturday's championship, Vestre coordinated translations between players and judges who didn't speak the same language.
An expression may have multiple senses or shades of meaning that can’t be carried over into the receiving language with a single translation.
THE FACTS: Ryan has the ratio about right: The tax code runs nearly 4 million words, according to a 2013 government report, while the Bible has 700,000 to about 800,000, depending on the version and variations in translation.
Translation: easy sipping without (or, at least, with fewer) headaches.
Kelly speaks little Vietnamese, so translations are projected onto a screen behind him.
In the stately words of the King James translation, Isaiah 1:15:
But the SBC disagrees, seeing such translations as part of a larger cultural push to erase distinctions between genders and diminish masculinity.
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First Known Use of translation
TRANSLATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of translation for English Language Learners
: words that have been changed from one language into a different language : words that have been translated
: the act or process of translating something into a different language
: the act or process of changing something from one form to another
TRANSLATION Defined for Kids
Definition of translation for Students
: the act, process, or result of changing from one form or language into another
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